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3 keys in the Utah State Aggies’ 57-45 win over the San Diego State Aztecs

Utah State guard Rollie Worster (24) and San Diego State forward Matt Mitchell (11) go after a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Logan, Utah.
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The Utah State Aggies got a signature win on Thursday night at home, beating the San Diego State Aztecs 57-45 for their ninth consecutive win as they move to 7-0 in Mountain West Conference play.

Here are three keys from the game.

  • The Aggies have been excellent defensively against inferior competition, but they were at it again Thursday night, as San Diego State fell well below its previous season low of 62 points. On the night, the Aztecs shot just 32 percent from the field and there were multiple long spurts in which they didn’t score at all. Most notably, there was a stretch of over seven minutes in the second half in which San Diego State scored just two points.
  • The game was a slog much of the way, but Utah State shot 43 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the 3-point line. The Aggies closed the first half on a 10-2 run to take a 13-point lead into the locker room, and they held on from there despite San Diego State cutting the deficit to as little as five.
  • Brock Miller led the way in scoring with 16 points, but Neemias Queta was dominant, scoring 14 points with 16 rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.